The Opportunity

The University of Pittsburgh at Titusville (Pitt-Titusville) invites applications, nominations, and expressions of interest for the position of executive director of the Pitt-Titusville Education and Training Hub.

Founded in 1963 as a regional campus of the University of Pittsburgh and set in the heart of the Oil Valley Region and the birthplace of the modern oil industry, the University of Pittsburgh at Titusville has transformed into an education and training hub. Led by the president of the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford and Titusville, the hub provides a seamless educational experience from the certificate to the associate degree level for students through partner institutions. The hub is an innovative partnership of education and workforce institutions that provides affordable and accessible education and training for occupations required in the regional economy and to help students attain meaningful work and engage in civic life. The founding partners of the hub are the University of Pittsburgh, the Manchester Bidwell Corporation, the Northern Pennsylvania Regional College, and the Swanson School of Engineering Manufacturing Assistance Center.

The Position

Role of the Executive Director of the Pitt-Titusville Education and Training Hub

The University of Pittsburgh at Titusville seeks an energetic and forward-looking executive director to play a pivotal role in leading the Pitt-Titusville Education and Training Hub, and its many stakeholders, in implementing the strategic vision for its future and extending and deepening its regional impact through higher education and workforce development. The executive director will provide overall oversight and management the hub. This includes, but is not limited to, coordinating the activities and programs of the hub partner organizations, representing the hub to the greater community, and garnering community support for the hub; developing new opportunities for additional partners and additional programs to meet local and regional needs; advocating to elected and nonelected governmental officials about the value of the hub; and creating opportunities for both private and public funding.

Reporting to the president of the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford and Titusville, the new executive director will develop short- and long-range goals, objectives, policies, and operating plans; serve as the hub’s outward-facing leader, spokesperson, and fundraiser; work closely with the president and university leaders to develop and steward resources; build and strengthen relationships with partners, K-12 systems, donors, supporters, and community, civic, and business leaders; and create and maintain a sustainable business model that is consistent with the hub’s overarching public purpose and core mission to support the economic development of the region. The executive director is responsible for a $5 million budget and 18 staff including three direct reports.

As noted in the institutional job description, an estimated breakdown of duties and responsibilities is as follows:

35%:  Fundraising and Communication – In collaboration with the President and the Office of Philanthropic Engagement, engage in fundraising efforts. Understand data and research involving donor trends, market segmentation, and fundraising results. Serve as the public spokesperson and public relations representative of the Pitt-Titusville Education and Training Hub in ways that strengthen its profile.

30%:  Leadership and Management – Ensure adherence of the organization’s daily activities and long-term plans to established policies, operational and legal guidelines. Supervision of Hub staff.  Review reports by partners to acquire understanding of the Educational Hub’s financial and non-financial position.

30%:  Planning and Development – Create business plans and strategies for the attainment of goals and objectives set by the President. Forge and maintain relations of trust with Advisory Board, stakeholders, partners and external authorities.  Develop and implement strategies to promote the Educational Hub’s mission including working to develop new programs and new partners at the Hub.

5%:     Additional Duties as Assigned

History of the Position

Dr. David Fitz was named interim executive director in May 2020, prior to the launch of the hub in August 2020. Fitz is vice president for institutional integration and community engagement at Pitt-Bradford and has served as Pitt-Titusville’s campus dean for several years. He succeeded Karen Enos, a longtime educator and former superintendent of the Titusville Area School District, who served as interim executive director from October 2019 through May 2020 and worked closely with the University of Pittsburgh’s Manufacturing Assistance Center, the Northern Pennsylvania Regional College, and Manchester Bidwell Corp. in the development of the Education and Training Hub.

With assistance from Spelman Johnson, Pitt-Titusville is conducting an aggressive nationwide search for the hub’s first permanent executive director. The successful candidate will be expected to take office in August 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Opportunities and Challenges of the Role 

The key opportunity of this role is to be part of an innovative vision of the University of Pittsburgh to create a new educational model of partnerships in which organizations work together to provide a seamless educational experience from the certificate to the baccalaureate level for students and that meets the workforce needs of the region.   The key challenge of this role is to navigate the multiple internal and external constituencies of this endeavor in a way that continues to garner support and growth.

Measures of Success

At an appropriate interval after joining Pitt-Titusville, the executive director of the Education and Training Hub will have demonstrated effective oversight and management of the hub. This includes, but us not limited to, coordinating the activities and programs of the hub partners, representing the hub to the greater community and garnering community support for the hub, developing new opportunities for additional partners and additional programs to meet local and regional needs, advocating to elected and nonelected governmental officials about the value of the Hub, and creating opportunities for both private and public funding.

The executive director will work with the Interim President Esch to determine specific measures of success and their respective timetables.

Qualifications

Qualifications and Characteristics

Requirements include a master’s degree and five years of progressive leadership experience focused on postsecondary educational opportunity, economic/workforce development or a related field. Additional requirements include experience with degree, certificate, and professional development programs as well as familiarity with educational models that support economic and workforce development; a talent and enthusiasm for fundraising, networking, and developing innovative strategies and plans for an evolving business model; excellent oral and written communication skills; ability to sustain effective working relationships with internal and external constituencies; and strong administrative abilities in such areas as strategic planning, budgeting, resource management, contracts and procurement, the use of technology in administrative systems applications, and staff supervision.

The Pitt-Titusville Education and Training Hub seeks a persuasive, collaborative, inventive leader who is inspired by its mission and the opportunity to contribute to the economic revitalization of the region through an innovative education and training hub. The next executive director must demonstrate the intellectual vigor, vision, energy, and personal qualities necessary to lead the hub into the future and galvanize support for its all-important work.

Institution & Location

About the Pitt-Titusville Education and Training Hub

Through partnerships, we are stronger. Together we can make the Oil Region community grow and flourish by creating a 21st century learning environment.

Responsive  To stay current with the changing economic needs of the six-county region, we must remain nimble and ready to adapt. Harnessing community input and the expertise of each partner organization, the hub will offer tailored educational and training programs to meet regional workforce demands.

Innovative  Never before have a university, a two-year public college, and a career training organization combined forces to fuel a region’s economic rebirth. The hub is reimagining post-secondary education and will continue to evolve and innovate in response to the changing economy.

Invigorating  Our region’s economy has been floundering, faced with an aging workforce, a high poverty rate, and unemployed and underemployed residents. The hub will combat these effects by preparing residents to be highly skilled workers and helping the six counties compete more effectively with the rest of the state by boosting employment, filling open jobs, and attracting and retaining residents.

Manchester Bidwell

Manchester Bidwell Corp. will replicate its world-renowned program on a smaller scale in Titusville by establishing a Workforce & Opportunity Center for adults and youth. The center will fill employer needs through strong partnerships with leading regional corporations, agencies, and organizations.

Pitt-Swanson Engineering – MAC

The Manufacturing Assistance Center will:

  • Replicate its world-renowned Manufacturing Assistance Center and offer comprehensive precision machinist training programs, enabling students to master the technical skills regional employers seek.
  • Setup and operations of manual and computer numerical control (CNC) machining and coding.
  • Training on computer-aided design and manufacturing (CAD/CAM) software.
  • Technical math and communication skills.

Northern Pennsylvania Regional College (NPRC)

Northern Pennsylvania Regional College will offer selections from its associate degree program based on local needs.

Current programs include:

  • Business Administration
  • Criminal Justice
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Liberal Studies
  • Social Sciences

Additionally, NPRC will offer courses specific to the general education needs of students enrolled in the nursing program

Institutional Overview

The University of Pittsburgh at Titusville (Pitt-Titusville) is a regional campus of the University of Pittsburgh. Currently, it offers an associate degree in Nursing.  Pitt-Titusville also provides a cultural event series, lecture series, and community service projects, as part of its mission to serve the region as an educational, cultural, and economic resource.

The campus is in northwestern Pennsylvania in the pleasant residential city of Titusville. The city’s historic significance, as the site of the first commercially successful oil well, brings countless visitors to the area throughout the year. The University of Pittsburgh affiliation, the excellent physical environment, and the small class sizes combine to make Pitt-Titusville an especially favorable setting for new college students. Pitt-Titusville offers the unique combination of small-school atmosphere and the resources, diversity, and prestige of a major research university.

Accreditation

The University of Pittsburgh is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104, (267) 284-5000. Schools, programs, and departments may furthermore be accredited by discipline-specific accrediting bodies.

Educational Mission

The University of Pittsburgh at Titusville provides students with a quality educational experience offered in a supportive environment conducive to learning, self-discipline, and mutual respect. Pitt-Titusville combines the advantages of a small college with the resources of an internationally renowned institution by:

  1. Providing a point of access to the instructional and research facilities of the University of Pittsburgh for northwest Pennsylvania;
  2. Offering an excellent undergraduate curriculum in Nursing with an emphasis on personalized attention to students;
  3. Serving as an educational, cultural and economic resource for northwest Pennsylvania.

Leadership

Richard Esch, Interim President, Pitt-Bradford and Pitt-Titusville

Interim President Richard (Rick) Esch is a proud Pitt-Bradford and Pitt graduate who has deep roots both in the university community as well as the surrounding community.

He began his career at his alma mater in 1994 as the director of auxiliary services. In 1999, he was named chief business and administrative affairs officer and was promoted to vice president for business affairs in 2003. In 2012, he was named vice president for business affairs at Pitt-Titusville.

He was named interim president on July 1, 2021.

Earlier this year, Esch received Pitt-Bradford’s Staff Recognition Award for his leadership in helping the campus navigate the COVID-19 pandemic. For nearly 18 months, in addition to overseeing several campus departments, including budget and financial reporting, auxiliary services and facilities management, he has represented Pitt-Bradford and Pitt-Titusville on the Chancellor’s Resilience Steering Committee and has worked closely with Pitt’s COVID-19 Medical Response Office. He also has collaborated with local, regional and state agencies, including the McKean County and Crawford County Emergency Management agencies, UPMC and Bradford Regional Medical Center.

He also assembled and continues to lead a COVID-19 Mitigation Response Team, which included representatives from most offices at Pitt-Bradford and Pitt-Titusville. Under his leadership, the team successfully implemented many changes on campus, including testing asymptomatic students weekly; isolating and quarantining symptomatic students; adapting the physical plant, including the dining hall and classrooms, to enable physical distancing; purchasing masks, signage and other materials; and identifying vaccinations sites.

Esch is very active in the Bradford community. He is a board member and immediate past chairman of Journey Health System, is president and a charter member of the Tuna Valley Trail Association, a board member and managing director of the Bradford Educational Foundation, and a board member and vice chairman of the Bradford Economic Development Corp.

He also is a member of the McKean County Advisory Board at Northwest Bank, a founding board member and treasurer of the McKean County Community Foundation, and a board member of the Community Foundation of the Upper Alleghenies.

Esch previously served as board chairman of Journey Health System from 2009-16; was active in the Rotary Club, serving as past president, past Youth Exchange Office and as a Paul Harris Fellow; was a member of the Steering Committee for Impact Bradford I and II; and was a member of the Steering Committee for Building a Better Bradford Economic Development Master Plan.

The Titusville Community

Titusville is a small city in the foothills of the Allegheny Mountains with a distinctive place in world history. Col. Edwin L. Drake drilled the first commercial oil well here in 1859, making Titusville the birthplace of the oil industry and the center of early developments in petroleum technology. The Drake Well Museum, within walking distance of campus, preserves that rich technological and cultural history.

Today, Titusville is permanent home to about 5,000 people. It is an attractive residential community. Its tree-lined streets and stately homes mark its heritage and provide a pleasant environment in which to study and work. Located about 40 miles south of Erie and 90 miles north of Pittsburgh, Titusville is a gateway to outdoor recreational activities such as hunting, fishing, boating, swimming, canoeing, skiing, golfing, hiking, biking, and horseback riding. Just minutes from campus, for example, is Oil Creek State Park, which covers 6,400 acres and offers a 10-mile paved biking path, and the city-owned par course exercise trail. Though small, Titusville is large enough to offer a variety of stores, banks, churches, restaurants, and lodging facilities.

Buildings and Facilities

The Titusville Campus, located on and adjacent to the former McKinney Estate, offers modern comfort and convenience in a traditional residential setting. The beautiful, compact campus is a vital academic and educational resource to the surrounding community. All facilities on campus offer wireless network access.

McKinney Hall, built in 1870, houses Hub administrative offices, as well as classrooms.

Bennett Davis Hall, formerly the carriage house of the estate, now houses the Pitt-Titusville Offices of Admissions, Financial Aid, Student Services, Office of Human Resources, and Office of Business Affairs.

The Haskell Memorial Library building is also on land originally part of the McKinney Estate. This building houses classrooms, faculty offices and the Haskell Library that houses the campus collection of books and periodicals.  Currently, Haskell Library holds nearly 44,000 volumes and subscribes to more than 200 periodicals, from professional journals to magazines of general interest. CD-ROM databases and workstations have been added to complement traditional library information resources. The library also offers microfilm reading and copying equipment.  These represent only a small portion of the resources available to Pitt-Titusville students. Haskell Library is linked to the 27 libraries in the Pitt system through PITTCAT Plus, an online computer catalog that allows easy access to the University’s collection of more than 6,700,000 volumes (including microforms) and over 25,000 subscriptions. Pitt-Titusville students can also access numerous computerized databases and, through interlibrary loan networks, can gather data from major research libraries in the United States and abroad.

The $5 million Broadhurst Science Center opened in 1998. The 32,000-square-foot structure, renovated in 2021, offers state of the art Nursing laboratories and classrooms, science and computer laboratories and faculty offices, all with 21st century learning technologies. The building features a 417-seat theater/auditorium used for events that enrich the life of the campus and surrounding communities.

Adjacent to the above group of buildings is the J. Curtis McKinney II Student Union/Gymnasium. The building offers a full-size gymnasium and an auxiliary gym. The newest addition to the building is McKinney Commons, an 8,100 square-foot dining facility.  The dining area includes a Wood Stone Oven and a cutting edge service area with cook-to-order stations offering a wide variety of food choices. The building also houses several classrooms and administrative offices.

Behind the student union/gymnasium stands Spruce Hall.  The residence hall is under development to provide different types of housing for students.

Student Life

As a student at the University of Pittsburgh at Titusville Education and Training Hub, you possess a valuable opportunity to gain knowledge and skills that will ensure success in college and beyond.  You will learn how to explore new ideas and express yourself creatively to achieve your personal and educational goals.  Your involvement in the classroom and at campus events will enhance your college experience.

Computer Center

The Computer Center staff provides technical support to students, faculty, and staff. Our help desk can provide answers to many questions regarding email, software, and student services.

Dining

All meals are served à la carte in McKinney Commons Dining Hall. Learn more about our dining facilities.

Student Health/ Counseling

The Health Center provides convenient and quality health care services to the campus community. Promoting wellness through health education is a primary goal. Services are available to all resident and commuter students.

Student Organizations

The Student Organization of the Pitt-Titusville Nursing Program is the only recognized student organization on campus.

Recreational Activities

Recreational activities are available on campus and in the area.  Options include the Auxiliary Gym with weight-lifting and exercise equipment, the Gym with basketball hoops, the Game Room, an outdoor sand volleyball court, as well as bicycles available to use on campus.  There are trails in the area for walking, running, and biking.

Student Handbook

Click here to view and download the current Pitt-Titusville Student Handbook.

Benefits Overview

The University of Pittsburgh at Titusville offers the following comprehensive and competitive benefits to employees:

  • Medical – employees may choose among four medical benefit plans offered by UPMC Health Plan, including a health maintenance organization (HMO) plan and three preferred provider organization (PPO) options.
  • Dental – employees may choose among three dental plans offered by United Concordia Dental (UCCI), including a dental health maintenance organization (DHMO) plan and a traditional indemnity program with two “flex” plan designs.
  • Vision – vision coverage is offered through two vision plan options through Davis Vision, one of the nation’s largest vision care providers.
  • Education – benefits extend to the employee, spouse/domestic partner, and dependents for pursuit of academic coursework and degree programs at any University of Pittsburgh campus.
  • Health & Wellness – wellness screenings, support for chronic conditions, and online and telephonic resources available are through the UPMC MyHealth@Work Center; UPMC Health Plan members also can take advantage of virtual health visits with AnywhereCare.
  • Faculty/Staff Assistance Program – provides personalized care services, 24-hour support, online resources and tools, and more, all at no cost.
  • Generous Retirement Savings Plan – university contribution is 3 to 5 percent for employees under the age of 52; an employee aged 52 or older may join the Accelerated Option, in which the university will increase its matching contribution from 12 percent to 14.5 percent for up to 10 years, or age 65, whichever comes first.
  • Flexible Spending Account – health care, dependent care, and qualified commuter expense accounts available.
  • Time Off – vacation, sick days, personal days, paid holidays, and winter recess.

For more information, please visit https://www.hr.pitt.edu/current-employees/benefits.

Application & Nomination

Review of applications is underway and will continue until the position is filled. To apply for this position, please click on the Apply button, complete the brief application process, and upload your resume and position-specific cover letter. Confidential inquiries and nominations for this position may be emailed to Jim Norfleet at jmn@spelmanjohnson.com. Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.

Visit the University of Pittsburgh at Titusville website at https://www.upt.pitt.edu/

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